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Friday, May 11 -  Use of Assessments in Coaching

Increasingly, coaches are adding psychometric assessments to their tool kit as a source for sound, objective information to support the coaching process. Depending on your experience with assessments, you may have questions and perhaps reservations about using them with your clients. 

In this informative program, you will learn about the background of assessments, when to use assessments in coaching, which type of assessments makes the most sense for your practice, and the value and limitations of assessments. 

You will also have a chance to take a popular assessment and gain insight into yourself!


What you can expect from this session:
  • What types of assessments are used in coaching?When to use assessments?
  • When not to use them?
  • What is the best assessment to use in coaching?
  • Ipsative or Normative? Which is better?

Come prepared to share your experiences using assessment in your practice and to learn from others.

Chris R. Bamford, M.A. is a Senior Consultant and Executive Coach at O.E. Strategies, a Cleveland based management consulting firm partnering with its clients to help them implement strategic Human resource systems and support change initiative. He received his Master’s degree from the University of Akron in Industrial / Organizational Psychology and did his ICF Coach training at Duquesne University. Over his 30-year career, Chris has worked in numerous senior corporate and consulting positions. These roles have provided him with a wealth of experiences that allows him to hold a variety of perspectives on complex business issues.

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Friday, April 13th - Improvisation for Coaches

Like all humans, we coaches are creatures of habit, subject to our own filters, learning, egos, and blind spots. How can coaching professionals—from the newest to the most seasoned—step out of our default patterns and comfort zones to truly dance in the moment? In this highly experiential workshop, coaches will learn the basic rules and skills of improvisation, developing core competencies in an entirely new way. By letting go of control and engaging in true collaboration, coaches will experience greater freedom, creativity, listening, presence, power, and willingness to take risks and go deeper into the unknown. Coaches will walk away with enhanced skills, a greater awareness of their personal blind spots and growth opportunities, and a toolkit of exercises to use for their own continued development and with clients. 

Carrie Spaulding is a Professional Certified Coach credentialed by the International Coach Federation and a professional improviser with 17 years of experience performing, teaching, and directing improvisation professionally. With her dynamic, engaging spirit, Carrie facilitates powerful group trainings and events. Workshops come alive as Carrie, a former educator, helps organizations, teams, and individuals achieve their professional and personal goals with her creative, experiential, and outside-the-box approach. Carrie leads seminars with warmth, passion, and humor, and leaves participants armed with improved skills, new tools and strategies, and a feeling that professional development was never this much fun! In her private coaching, Carrie specializes in helping thirtysomethings break through Thirtysomething Panic and create the careers, relationships, and lives they want. Carrie brings a host of tools and a breadth and depth of experience to her practice, and continually draws from her improvisation, performance, and education backgrounds to enhance her coaching presence and impact. Learn more at 

Friday, March 9th - The 3 Vital Questions™ for Work and Life

3 Vital Questions can help gauge whether you are moving toward or away from empowered living and healthy relationships with yourself and others.

These questions help awaken your inner observer so you can choose more powerfully and reduce your reactive tendencies.  In this session we will review and learn how to apply these question with your clients and/or your own life. 

The 3 Vital Questions to ask yourself in any moment are:
  1. Where am I putting my focus? Am I focusing on problems or on outcomes?  A focus on problems engages the Victim Orientation.  When you upgrade to a Creator Orientation, you focus on outcomes.
  2. How am I relating (to others, my experience and myself)? Am I producing or perpetuating drama or am I empowering others and myself to be more resourceful, resilient and innovative? These ways of relating flow from the Orientation you adopt.  The Victim Orientation fuels the Dreaded Drama Triangle (DDT)™, while a Creator Orientation fosters TED* (*The Empowerment Dynamic)™.
  3. What actions am I taking? Am I merely reacting to the problems of the moment or am I creating by taking Baby Steps – including the solving of problems – in service to envisioned outcomes?  Dynamic Tension provides a powerfully simple framework for planning and taking action toward outcomes – big and small.
Chris Nagel is the Director for The Cleveland Clinic Leadership Experience in the Global Leadership and Learning Institute at the Cleveland Clinic.  Chris has been a thought leader within the organization to integrate Serving Leader work into the culture in the Cleveland Clinic Health System locally and abroad. 

Chris holds a BA in Business and a MA in Organizational Leadership along with being a Certified Practioner for the Power of T.E.D.* work and Gestalt Professional Certified Coach. 


Friday, February 9th - Change Your Question, Change Results!

7:45am – 8:15am: Networking & Continental Breakfast
8:15am – 8:30am: Welcome remarks and announcements
8:30am – 10:00am: Program
1.5 Core Competency CCEs (pending)

Indiana Wesleyan University @ 4100 Rockside RoadAs growing coaching practitioners, there is no better way to improve our skills and competencies than to practice. At our February meeting we are bringing back our popular Coaching Clinic program where you will participate in hands-on coaching with in-the-moment observations and feedback. The theme for this Coaching Clinic is Coaching Presence. 

What you can expect from this Coaching Clinic:

  • What is Coaching Presence as defined by ICF Core Competencies and Markers
  • How to enhance your Coaching Presence by giving attention to your Coaching Body
  • Three mini-rounds of hands-on coaching in a trio set up where you get to coach, be coached, and observe. In each round you will receive and offer real-time observation and feedback in a safe and balanced framework
  • Practical learning you can integrate into your coaching practice immediately!

Please bring an openness to learning about yourself, a simple coaching topic to be coached on, and the courage to give and receive feedback. 

This Coaching Clinic will be facilitated by our chapter members Yan Maschke, PCC, and Jim Smith, PCC. 

Yan Maschke, MBA, PCC, CEC is an Executive Coach at Yan Maschke Coaching, and a Partner at China Centric Associates that helps western companies do business in China. Yan also serves as an Executive Coach in the Leadership Development practice of Ratliff & Taylor – a top talent management firm in Ohio. 

For more than 20 years, Yan has developed as a global business general manager. Living in both China and the U.S. has informed her ability to think critically and compassionately. While working at A.T. Kearney, Eaton Corporation, and Nordson Corporation, Yan honed her leadership skills and emotional intelligence, and connected with the passion for personal growth and leadership development. 

Outside of her coaching and consulting practice, Yan serves on the board of Cleveland Institute of Art. She loves world travel, salsa dancing, and hot yoga. She lives in Cleveland with her husband Robert and 11-year old daughter Siena.

Jim Smith, PCC, The Executive Happiness Coach®, is a global provider of executive coaching and culture transformation.  Jim’s passion is to create a Happier world and workplace, one Leader at a time.

Jim has coached leaders from twenty-seven countries and six continents to build greater leadership effectiveness and presence. He serves as a Mentor coach for two coaching schools (Newfield Network, US, and AsiaWorks, Singapore), and serves as an ICF Assessor for Newfield Asia’s executive coaching programme. He is a certified Body and Movement Practitioner through Movimiento Transformacional, based in Mexico.

Jim is a co-founder and past two-term president of the ICF Cleveland Chapter, and is an adjunct MBA Instructor for Baldwin Wallace University. He has published four books on Happiness, Leadership, and Coaching, and wants to do more video this year.  He lives in a multi-generational compound and dances a little every day. 

Finally, Jim wants you to know this: he worships Dark Coffee, Dark Beer, and Dark Chocolate... and deeply believes that Happiness is a Decision, not an Event!

Friday, January 12th - Change Your Question, Change Results!

7:45am – 8:15am: Networking & Continental Breakfast
8:15am – 8:30am: Welcome remarks and announcements
8:30am – 10:00am: Program
1.5 Core Competency CCEs (pending)
Indiana Wesleyan University @ 4100 Rockside Road

Our 2018 program theme is Coaching In & Out. “In” refers to being fully present with our clients IN the coaching conversation, where our best tool is the core competency of Powerful Questioning.  Asking questions to clarify goals, shift client perception, take action, or simply out of curiosity provides space for clients to focus on getting what they really want.  

Powerful Questions evoke in our clients new ways to think about their situation, themselves, or how they work with others. 

Our presenter, Sherry Greenleaf, will lead you through questioning exercises that you will want to use with your clients.  She will offer several frames to help you dive more quickly and deeply into what really matters for your clients.  During the meeting you will practice these tools on each other (of course!).

What you’ll get from the session: 
  • Understand the distinction between asking “what” and “how” questions versus the “why,” and how to reframe questions that go deeper.
  • Questions you can use to dig more deeply.
  • How to use questions to close a coaching session and focus your client on what’s next.
  • Practice in the moment, plus some new questions you can take home and use immediately!

About Our Presenter

Sherry Greenleaf the president of Impact Training & Development, a national training firm with offices in Cleveland, OH and Atlanta, GA.

Sherry is a Registered Corporate Coach (RCC) through the Worldwide Association of Business Coaches (WABC) and is one of the lead certifiers of new RCC coaches in the United States. She serves as a mentor coach to RCC coaches and believes that behavior speaks louder than words.  

Sherry is a past president and a co-founder of Cleveland Coach Chapter of the International Coach Federation and past president of the Cleveland Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development (ASTD/ATD).  

1.5 Core Competency CCEs (pending)